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A note for drivers in the Brentwood area today and tonight.

 

A broken water main has shut down one lane of Eager Road in each direction between Hanley Road and I-170. The closures will stay in place through rush hour tonight. The affected area handles around 25,000 vehicles a day. Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route.

 

The road is expected to be open by Wednesday morning rush.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:39
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St. Louis police are investigating the city's fourteenth homicide of the year.

 

Officers say 21-year-old Erick Burney was walking in the 1500 block of Montgomery in North St. Louis on Monday afternoon, when a driver pulled up alongside him. Investigators say someone inside the car started shooting. Burney was hit multiple times and died at the hospital.

 

No information on a suspect has been released.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:50
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois labor unions have filed a lawsuit seeking a new plan to reduce the state's $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional.
 
The We Are One Illinois Coalition of public employee unions filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Sangamon County Circuit court.
 
The long-anticipated legal challenge comes weeks after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure into law and ahead of his annual State of the State address.
 
The bill approved by the Legislature in early December saves an estimated $160 billion, largely by cutting benefits for employees and retirees.
 
Unions say it violates the state constitution, which says benefits may not be diminished. Several other lawsuits have been filed on behalf of retirees.
 
Supporters of the plan believe the Court will uphold it because it's necessary to repair the state's finances.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:48
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A tragic afternoon for a Franklin County family.

 

Police are investigating after an 8-year-old boy died on a school bus Monday afternoon. Investigators say Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus around 3:45 yesterday. The bus driver performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. Voss was taken to the hospital where he died. School officials say the boy showed no signs of illness through the day before he collapsed.

 

No foul play is suspected in the death and an autopsy is planned. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As Missouri prepares to execute its third inmate in three months, a state senator wants to change the state's execution process.
 
Senate Democratic Leader Jolie Justus introduced legislation Tuesday that would create an 11-member commission responsible for setting the state's execution procedure. She says ongoing lawsuits and secrecy about the state's current lethal injection method should drive a change in protocol.
 
Missouri had used a three-drug cocktail for executions, but it threw out the process after it could no longer obtain the drugs. The state ultimately switched to a form of pentobarbital made by a compounding pharmacy, though it refuses to reveal its origins.
 
Missouri is scheduled to execute Herbert Smullsat 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Smulls was convicted of killing a St. Louis County jeweler in 1991.
 
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 13:48
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The St. Louis Department of Health is stepping up to offer flu shots for some Medicare recipients.

 

The city is providing the shots for four days at 1520 Market Street to anyone who uses Medicare Part B. The shots are available from 9 AM to noon this Thursday and Friday, and again on Monday and Wednesday.

 

More information available by calling the Department of Health at (314)-657-1568.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 13:36
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - With convicted killer Herbert Smulls' execution just hours away, his lawyer says she's used open records requests and publicly available documents to determine the name of the compounding pharmacy she believes manufactures Missouri's lethal injection drug.
 
Smulls is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The state plans to use pentobarbital, but has refused to say where the drug is made. Attorney Cheryl Pilate has said that makes it impossible for Smulls' advocates to know whether it could cause pain and suffering.
 
Pilate told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her research indicates the drug is made by The Apothecary Shoppe, based in Tulsa, Okla. She says an Oklahoma City-based lab tested the drug.
 
Messages seeking comment from both companies, and the Missouri Department of Corrections, were not immediately returned.
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Even though the wind has subsided, the temperatures in the area are still frigid. With this round of arctic air, some churches are opening their doors to serve as warming shelters.
St. Patrick Center and The Bridge Centenary United Methodist Church are open today and Christ Church Cathedral will open as an overnight shelter tonight. City warming shelters are also open. For locations and hours, visit our website,  ktrs.com.
 
Meanwhile, the cold weather has also prompted Illinois to open warming centers across that state, including on West St. Louis Ave. in East Alton and on Madison Ave. in Granite City.  
Two shelters are open in East St. Louis. One is on North 9th St. and the other is on James Thompson Blvd. The warming centers are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - With growing talk of a merger between St. Louis city and St. Louis County, a new group has formed in opposition.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Common Sense for St. Louis now has about 40 members. The group's goal is to ensure that a statewide referendum on a merger does not make it to a ballot.
St. Louis is Missouri's only city that is not part of a county. The split occurred in 1876.
In recent years, the city and county have begun to share some duties.
In November, a new nonpartisan group called Better Together was formed to consider the feasibility of a merger. It includes St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley as members.
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recorded a dip in passenger activity for 2013.  The decrease was about one percent overall, or a drop off of about 112-thousand passengers.  

The airport did serve over 12.5 million passengers last year. Lambert reported a positive finish to 2013 with an increase in passenger travel of nearly 2.5 percent in December.  

That was a rebound after November saw the biggest monthly drop in passenger travel for the year.  For 2013, Southwest Airlines remained the top carrier with a nearly 49 percent market share.

American is Lambert’s second biggest carrier with about a 15-percent share of the market. 

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